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OPINION: FIGHTING INSECURITY-WHEN WE MUST SUPPORT THE POLICE

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By Ifeanyi Okali

The police as the foremost law enforcement agency oftentimes come under fierce attack and destructive criticisms as a result of unprofessional conduct of few persons who have continued to portray the force in a bad light.

Most often also, when they deliver incredible milestone in an effort to make the rest of us and our entire family sleep with our eyes close, it faintly make headlines in the newspapers. Irrespective of the angle from where we may view them, the police are the number one law enforcement body and the first point of protection for the civil populace.

Have you thought of a situation where you are being randomly harassed, molested and trampled upon, yet no organ or instrumentality of the state to lay you complains to?

Have you imagined how often we will be at the mercy of those wielding iron fist and physical power in the absence of the police?

Interestingly, the force is made up of our brothers, sisters, friends, fathers and uncles. They are no strangers but part and parcel of the society. They are humans and as such feel the same way we feel.

They receive and feel all social problems bedeviling us in one way or the other. They go to the same market with us, send their children to the same school with our children, use the same road with us and live in the same neighbourhood with us. In all these, they put their lives at risk to ensure the corporate security and protection of the weak and strong, the rich and poor and indeed all manner of people.

There is hardly a day a policeman does not get killed in the course of performing his tasking duty of protecting us. In Abia our state for instance, the recent vicious series of attacks launched against officers and men of the force really got the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu concern when he declared and demonstrated total support to ensure that the criminal elements behind the unjustified killing of policemen and stealing of their rifles are apprehended and brought to book. He did not stop there. He went ahead to place a bounty on the killers to aid their easy arrest. From Aba, to Omobo, Isuikwuato to Ohafia, Ukwa and indeed virtually all parts of the state, the stories leave a sour taste in the mouth.

Even with the constant felling of their colleagues, these gallant officers and men ensure they do not rest on their oars in protecting our lives and investments. While this intervention is not aimed at deodorizing the police of their ailings, it is important to state that appreciation for excellent work is a virtue and indeed a morale booster. The peace we enjoy in the state today is largely on the account of the vigilance, commitment and sacrifices of men of the Nigerian police and other security agencies who stake their lives for the country they love.

Kidnapping and arm robbery that was in the past a recurrent decimal across the state has largely reduced. The Isuikwuato Akara road that was a den of criminality has now become a safe haven, creating the leeway for our people to move about their legitimate businesses without fear of harassment and intimidation. The constant attacks on POS operators around Aba and Umuahia is rapidly on the decline. We cannot forget in a hurry how Miss Ezinne Iroh, a 23-year-old POS operator in Aba was callously killed in cold blood by a deadly gang after robbing her. She was just one of the many who were dispatched to early grave by these blood-thirsty men of the underworld. Cheeringly, the police have launched an aggressive manhunt against them and indeed dealing them series of bloody nose. This is commendable and worth our support. A number of them have been arrested and cooling off at the moment, waiting for their day in court.

Undoubtedly, the 2020 #EndSARS protest was an eloquent testimony that the police need to do more in the area of checkmating extra-judicial killing, flagrant human right abuse, extraction of ‘confessional statement’ through duress and torture as well as bribery. This was not only necessary but its speaks volume to the humongous power citizens wield in making their voices count in matters that challenge them and wave unanswered questions in their face on daily basis. Of course, this was followed by prompt action from the police top hierarchy that announced the immediate dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) accused of largely perpetrating most of the abuse of human rights against citizens.

An effective policing system requires the active support of all citizens through prompt provision of intelligence report. Without the support and collaboration of the community, the police cannot perform magic to serve the populace better. The fear overtime has always hinged on the protection of the identity of those who volunteer information to the police. The new, reformed police under the leadership of IGP Adamu Mohammed have never hidden their willingness to give all citizens who assist with information with the maximum identity protection. This they have demonstrated and continue to uphold.

While we were all at home at the peak of COVID-19, these security agencies were out there protecting us. A little act of kindness, like the provision of non-pharmaceutical interventions such as face mask, hand sanitisers and whatever we have to encourage them is all they need to let them know how much we cherish and appreciate their good work. As stated earlier, it is true that few bad eggs may have soiled the image of the force with adversarial behaviour. However, it will be an unfair judgment to slam all policemen with the paintbrush of bad eggs.

Our state Abia is really becoming extremely unconducive for criminal elements to perform their evil enterprises. The tempo can be sustained if all citizens offer maximum support by knowing who their neighbours are and what they do. Well-to-do individuals as well as corporate bodies can assist by donating patrol vehicles so that security can be enhanced in our society. Alhaji Aliko Dangote and others have set the pace in this regard.

Office equipment such as tables, computers, to pens and rulers can be a very significant support in helping the police serve us better.
Lastly, security is the duty of everyone and we must not lose our guard by leaving it at the doorstep of the Police, Army, Civil Defence, Immigration, Customs etc alone. A peaceful, secured and safe society can only be made possible when the people own their security.

Ifeanyi Okali writes from Ohafia, Abia state.

SECURITY: Abia Imposes Curfew on Aba, Umuahia

Abia State Government has imposed a curfew on Umuahia the state capital and Aba, its commercial nerve centre.

This was contained in a special government announcement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and made available to the media on Monday.

The curfew which was necessitated by “security reports received from multiple sources” will take effect daily from today, Monday, April 5, between 10pm and 6am.

The full announcement reads:

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10pm and 6am daily from today, Monday, 5th April, 2021 till further notice.

This is sequel to security reports received from multiple sources, and informed by the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of the state.

Security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the directive. Only those on essential services with proper identification are exempted from the curfew.

We urge traditional rulers, men of the State Homeland Security Team and Community Vigilante Services in the state to monitor movement of persons within their respective domains and take necessary measures to protect the people and their property.

All law abiding citizens are advised to go about their normal duties, outside the curfew period, without fear of molestation as the security architecture of the state is robust enough to guarantee their safety”, it stated.

ANAMBRA SECURITY: Guber aspirant Nze Nwankpo calls for extra vigilance among general public

Nze Nwankpo

A governorship aspirant for the coming Anambra State elections, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo has called on the general public to be extra vigilant.

Nwankpo, who is from the from the Southern part of the state, and running under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), made the call yesterday at the Capital City Media hangout, in Awka.

In his speech, Nwankpo said people should be extra vigilant especially now that the country is battling with insurgency, noting that every body must be involved in the security of the community.

”The Anambra neighborhood watch, vigilantes in various communities should assist the police in the war against terrorism, and wage the bandits bloody incursions into the state. We need to continue to support, and recognize the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano in keeping the state safe over the years. Let’s rally round the governor in collaboration, to protect the state from the aliens invading our communities.” he said

He expressed optimism that the state will overcome the challenge of insecurity if all hands are on deck to nip the menace in the bud. He, however, commiserated with the Governor, Nigerian Bar Association, and ndi Omor of Ayamelum local government Area over the death of Barrister Francis Onwuachu, who was reportedly kidnapped by suspected herdsmen and killed. Until his death, Barr.Onwuachu was the Chairman of the Onitsha Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and President General of Omor, a community in Ayamelum Local Government Area.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, former aide to ex President Goodluck Jonathan was hosted and honoured as the Awka Capital City media’s grand patron in recognition of his support and profound contribution to the development of Capital City Online Media community at the hangout.

Insecurity: How the Unemployment Spike Might Bring Doom To Nigeria- Experts

Godsgift Onyedinefu

Recent spike in unemployment means Nigeria’s security woes could worsen as more citizens become more desperate to survive, security experts have warned.

Two days ago, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), announced that the unemployment rate hit a new record high at 33.3 per cent in fourth quarter (Q4) 2020 from 27.1 recorded in second quarter (Q2) 2020.

Analysts note that Nigeria’s security has deteriorated exponentially, in the last few months, notable is the recent mass abductions, violent attacks which have left dozens of Nigerians dead, but while several factors have fuelled this, there are now concerns that with high unemployment in the mix, Nigeria will more insecure.

Experts are concerned that unemployment could see a sporadic increase in social vices ranging from armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping which will make it difficult for the federal government to attract the investment needed for job creation.

“The country could witness more insecurity challenges as more people will become desperate to survive, hungry people listen to their stomach not morality”, Mr. Chidi Omeje, Coordinator, Citizens’ Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA) told Global Sentinel.

“The insecurity rate now is exponential, there are mire cases of mass abductions in the country because it has become lucrative, government must therefore provide the enabling environment for employment “, he urged.

Dr. Kabiru Adamu, Managing Director, Beacon Consulting, expressed concerns that the unemployment rate provides a ready pool for non state actors to feed into.

He said unless government takes deliberate and permanent actions to nip the looming in the bud.

Some of the consequences of this threat according to him is that, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will reduce and prospective investors will become reluctant to invest in Nigeria, further worsening poverty and unemployment, creating a vicious circle.

He added that the trend could lead to complete deterioration of security and collapse of the state.

Other security concerns which he raised that requires attention to tackle the many security challenges in tye country include; proliferation of small arms and light weapons, marginalisation, weak justice system, where perpetrators often go scot free.

Adamu, however advised that government can create a lire lasting solutions to these problems by tackling the structural challenges that affects the growth and development of Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) to boost employment.

He noted that the federal government’s Social Investment programmes will not reduce unemployment.

In the same vein, Mr. Paul Alajeh, an economic and financial analyst, alluded to the fact that economic imbalance is a key factor fuelling insecurity in the country.

He opined that solutions to the problem goes beyond military solutions to creating a sustainable environment for micro and macro businesses to thrive.

The analyst pointed out that tacking insecurity is not a quick fix, it requires sustainable economic solutions.

Another security expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity on his part said Nigeria has continued to grapple with insecurity because the government is simply not interested in solving the problem.

According to him, the equipment and human resource us avail, but the needed political will is missing.

Sacked service chiefs corrupt, incompetent, nepotistic, abused human rights;new chiefs must secure Nigeria – Activist Eholor

Ace human rights activist crusader and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has played the appointment of new service chiefs in the country.

Eholor, who is also popularly known as Ultimate Equals, and the Democracy Observer-General of the Federal Republic expressed his position in a Press Brief he sent to our newsroom this morning.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the new service chiefs, he accused the sacked security chief of being knee-deep into incompetence, corruption, nepotism, highhandedness and a history of human rights abuses.

He stated: “Let me start by saying that it became apparent early in the life of this regime that the set of Security Chiefs now sacked by Buhari had no zeal to fight and secure the nation. These men were purely businessmen in uniform who came to make money from insecurity rather than securing the nation.

“Under their tenure, insurgency, banditry and kidnapping spread like wild fire from the North East to the North West, North Central, South West, South South and South East zones of the country.

“The Service Chiefs were incompetent, clueless, corrupt and practiced nepotism and anti democratic in all their dealings.

“The rising spate of insecurity in the country can be attributed to the retention for far too long of the incompetent Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I think he allowed them for too long because they were doing his bidding by protecting his office and that of the cabals.

“They lost battle as the men in their various theatres became lame duck easily attacked by the insurgents as a result of insufficient armaments as a result of the corrupt men leading the armed forces.

“Therefore, it’s good riddance to bad rubbish. Nigerians won’t miss them. I urge the EFCC to investigate all their dirty deals and bring them to book.

“Furthermore, I think the new Service Chiefs which include Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff, are experienced enough judging by their profile. I believe that they would be able to turn the tide on insecurity in the country in no distant time.

“The new Service Chiefs should shun politics and use their new positions to work selflessly for the peace and security of the country.

“Lastly, the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari must continue to fund the military and their men by increasing their salaries and benefits to enable them compete favorably with their counterparts all over the world.

“You can’t send a hungry and angry man to secure you and be happy. There must be extra motivations to enable them discharge their duties effectively”, Eholor stated.

Edo Indigenes laud S’south governors for launch of BRACED Security Council

The umbrella body of Edo indigenes, under the auspices of Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA), has commended the South South Governors Forum for its establishment of the BRACED Security Council.

EPIA, also known as Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide (EIM) said its a very laudable gesture, following the alarming rise of insecurity in the country.

Speaking through its founder and Indigenous Leader, Chief (Dr) Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo, EPIA however, advised that they enforce it to the letter and not to handle it as a toothless bulldog that can not achieve its purpose.

His words “The BRACED (Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo, Delta) Indigenous governors should know that they have the opportunity under one umbrella now to establish a firm positive position that will change the narrative forever for southerners.

“They should strip themselves off from Northern dominance of power and speak with one voice, and be ready to veto any position from the Federal Government that does not reflect equal position, allocation, empowerment, development and political appointments. History will not forgive the current governors from South South that are now opportuned to be under one political party if they can not take this advantage to deliver the South South from been marginalized for so so long.

“Also, the governors should also understand that we Southerners are the architects of our problems by demonstrating the habit of betrayal and diversion of the peoples funds for personal use. We therefore end up under the protection of a northern leader. All these have to stop and you all have to grow up.

“This is needed now than ever before. Please note that the people of the South South are awake from their sleep”, Edokpolo stated.

BREAKING:South-South states launch BRACED security outfit

The South South region of the country has launched its new security outfit.

Named BRACED Security Council(Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo, Delta), the outfit was inaugurated by the National President of Braced Union, High Chief Esotericist Monday Wehere JP.

According to a report, the Braced Union Security Council is charged with the responsibilities of evolving and implementation of feasible and sustainable security strategies to police Braced region.

It consists of the following members:

1. Maj-Gen Charles Omoregie JP Rtd (Chairman- BUSC)

2 Brig. Gen. Minemu Joseph Abel Rtd
(Alt. Chairman- BUSC) Bayelsa State

3. Commodore Alabo Benjamin Natus Rtd Bayelsa State

4. Squadron Leader, Nonye Emmanuel Ordu-Obua Rtd. (Secretary-BUSC) Rivers State

5. Squadron Leader, Effiong Benson Rtd, Akwa Ibom State (PRO)

6. Rtd Captain Joseph Effiom Effiong, Cross Rivers State

7. Mr. John Ejale JP Rtd Director of SSS, Edo State

8. Maj. U.B. Agali Rtd., Delta State

9 Air Commodore Patrick Uduabor Rtd, Edo State

10. Navy Commodore Barr. Owhor Chuku, Rivers State

11. ASP Beatrice Nwachukwu, Rivers State

12 HC Esotericist Monday Wehere JP (National President)

13. Elder Emmanuel Effiong (National Secretary)

STATE CHAIRMEN OF BRACED UNION:

Dr. Charles Oyibo Bayelsa State
Arch. Tom. Inko Tariah, Rivers State

Comrade Chris Udi Akwa Ibom State

Eniefolk Inyang Cross River State

Francis Akhigbe Edo State

Patrick Ochei Delta State

Brodrick Abumere, USA Chapter Chairman

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL:

Rt. Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Isenah, Bayelsa State

Patricia Gbemudu, Delta State
Ekpein Appah (BoT)

Dr. Fred Obeten Edet (BoT)

Chief ML Efere, Bayelsa State

HC Sunnie Chukwumele, Rivers State

Pst Jerry Needam, Rivers State

Janet Twonmute, Bayelsa State.

Total breakdown of law & order imminent as cult killings, kidnapping, armed robbery escalate in Benin

The security situation in Benin, the Edo capital, has taken a turn for the worse following a jump in cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cult-related killings, NAN checks have revealed.

The upsurge in the crimes was first noticed since the #ENDSARS protests that led to the release of no fewer than 1900 from two Correctional Centres, burning of at least eight police stations and the looting of their armouries by hoodlums.

Night life in the capital city, in the meantime, has since ground to a halt as incidences of kidnappings and armed robbery have escalated.

NAN reports that while residents of the capital city were still reeling from the high crime rate, cult related killings, mostly linked to clashes between rival Vikings and Aye confraternities, have only heightened the fears of the residents in different parts of Benin.

The tally from the cult related killings indicated that no fewer than 30 people were killed within the past week, with three others similarly killed on Sunday by suspected cultists in the city.

Two of the bodies were discovered at Urohra Junction, one by pipeline junction in Eyaen, and on Saturday, two bodies were found around Uselu, while Evidence Street by Isihor accounted for three others.

Before then, several people lost their lives in different parts of the city, including Idogbo, Y-Junction, Nomayo, Three House all along Sokponba Road, Ogida Barracks, Siluko Road, Costain area in New Benin, Aduwawa near Oando filling station, Upper Mission, near Ewa Road junction, Cherubim and Seraphim area of Upper Mission.

Meanwhile, the police are soliciting for information from the public that would help them recover stolen arms and ammunition from the police stations that were looted, trashed or burnt in the state.

When contacted, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Kokumo, said the attack on police facilities, burning of police stations and patrol vehicles during the EndSARS protests, that turned violent, had affected their operations.

He, however, assured that the police will gradually resume work at their duty posts to check crime and criminality in the state.

According to him, in Upper Sokponba in Ikpoba-Okha axis, three police facilities were burnt down displacing the DPOs and other police officers in these divisions.

“These officers now report at the state command headquarters, we now send them on patrol from there so you should expect some hitches, but we will continue to work and get things right.

“The EndSARS protests, which were hijacked by hoodlums, has actually impacted negatively on police operations and unleashed attacks on police facilities’’, he said.

“How do you expect, where 200 inmates escaped, for things to be normal? Kokumo asked, saying, “We were doing our best to arrest the criminals in Edo before the jail break and we are equally trying our best now to see that the escapees are re-arrested and brought to book.

He urged the media to cooperate with and appreciate the efforts of the Police, especially now that they are expected to stem the tide of crime, whereas they lacked operational vehicles, arms and ammunition.

NAN

BIAFRA: Emeka Emekesiri, Ralph Uwazuruike speaks on security challenges in Igbo land at the World Igbo Congress

Below is a speech delivered by Barrister Emeka Emekesiri at the General Conference of the Biafrans in Europe.

The conference was organised by the European chapter of World Igbo Conference and held on 3rd October, 2020.

Chief Ralph Uwazuruike also delivered a speech at the event:

Introduction:

(1) With great pleasure I received the invitation from the European Chapter of the World Igbo Congress to be a Special Guest Speaker at this Conference. Upon perusing the invitation, I noticed that I would be speaking with another Biafran Leader in the person of Chief Ralph Uwazurike of MASSOB who I met first in 2007 at the Keffi Prison in Nasarawa State when I went to seek for his release from detention by the authority of Igbo Lawyers Forum Port Harcourt. I appeared in the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday 16th July 2007 with the late Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN, Oboli Obosi II, before the Honourable Justice Binta Nyako to advocate for his release. I greet and respect Chief Ralph Uwazurike who started the open agitation for the independence of Biafra in 1999 when many people were afraid to talk about Biafra. We must give honour to whom honour is due. This is a happy re-union.

(2) I think it is necessary for you to know me from the roots. I am Emeka John Chigozie Emekesiri, formerly called Emeka Adolf Chigozie, the son of Emekesiri Igbokwe of Okwara Unegbu Village, Amucha, Njaba Local Government Area, in the Orlu Senatorial District, Imo State. I am a barrister & solicitor, pastor, estate surveyor & valuer and management consultant. I was trained at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus; Imo State University Owerri; Rivers State University of Science & Technology Port Harcourt; and the University of Law, London.

(3) In the Biafran Project, I am the vision bearer of the legal methodology of self-determination and the creator, originator and founder of the following entities: Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI); Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN); Customary Government of Indigenous People of Biafra (CGIPOB); Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra (SCE). These entities were built upon the foundation of law and political diplomacy anchored on the vision for self-determination in accordance with our Master Plan. Although many things seem to have gone wrong with the Biafran Project, I confirm that my original vision of self-determination by law and political diplomacy is still intact. Today, we have been asked to speak on the issues of Security and Biafraland as being non-negotiable.

(4) Chief Ralph Uwazurike has spoken about security in the South East and said that there is no security problem in the South East. I agree with him that the South East is more peaceful than the rest of the country. The North and Middlebelt have experienced more security challenges than the East. He has accused the Biafrans in the Diaspora of spreading false propaganda and exaggerating the news of insecurity in our land. He has also accused the people in the Diaspora of helping to destabilize our land and desecrate our traditional values by sponsoring and supporting Nnamdi Kanu to destroy our value system. He has said so many things today and revealed some chilling stories about how Nnamdi Kanu sent his men to assassinate Asari Dokubo recently but Asari Dokubo outsmarted them and arrested the hired assassins. I don’t know how to react to this news but if this story is confirmed as true, it means that there is great trouble ahead in our land.

(5) On the issue of security challenges, we now have to contend with the fear of insecurity occasioned by our people against our people. Chief Uwazurike said that most of the people reported to have been killed were actually killed by Nnamdi Kanu and his members. He specifically mentioned Prophet Anthony Nwoko as one of those killed by Nnamdi Kanu and his members. I don’t want to make any comment on this story but only to say that I have taken note of his statements. I would rather speak about our security challenges from the threat of external invaders like the Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen.

(6) Although Chief Uwazurike has said that there is no insecurity problem in our land, I am aware that the Fulani herdsmen massacred and killed thousands of our people at Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State few years ago. I gave a lecture at a MOBIN Zoom Meeting recently and proffered some solutions to the security challenges posed by the Fulani herdsmen which prompted one man from Ohafia to confirm that what I said actually happened in his village and that the suggestion I gave was what solved the problem of insecurity in their hometown. Therefore, I do not totally agree with Chief Uwazurike that there is no problem of insecurity in our land posed by the Fulani herdsmen, even though the news might have been exaggerated by false propagandists.

(7) It is indisputable that self-preservation is the first law of nature. As the Igbo people say, it is only a tree that will keep quiet and stand still without defending itself in the face of a threat to cut it down. Today we are threatened by the terrorists described as Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen. We have looked up to the Federal Government of Nigeria for help but no help has come. We have also looked up to the State Governments in Biafraland to create our Regional Security Outfit by the Laws of the States but they are dragging their feet.

(8) What is the way forward? The answer is to apply the Nigerian Law of self-preservation and self-defence to kill the aggressor before he kills us. I give this as a legal advice to all my clients who are the claimants in the on-going case between Biafra and Nigeria. It is the duty of a Solicitor to protect his clients by giving sound legal advice and I must do so now as the Solicitor for all the Biafrans who believe in the legal methodology of self-determination. I want all my clients to understand that it is not every killing that constitutes murder. Killing in self-defence is not murder. Killing by accident is not murder. Killing by provocation is not murder but only manslaughter under Section 318 of the Criminal Code. Since the Governments of the South East Region have not enacted any law for our regional security, we shall rely on the existing Nigerian law to defend ourselves. Unlike the Laws of England & Wales where provocation applies as a defence to only the cases of murder, the Nigerian law recognises provocation as a defence against both assaults and murder.

(9) Therefore, if the Boko Haram or Fulani herdsmen provoke us either by attacking our people, killing our people, raping our women, or destroying our crops, we must act as men and retaliate in the heat of passion without allowing the tempers to cool. Let men be men and let God be God! On the judgment day, whether on earth or in heaven, justice shall prevail because God is a righteous Judge. Any killing after the tempers have cooled becomes murder. The reprisal attacks must be in the heat of passion without letting the tempers to cool. Let all our able bodied men and women get ready to defend our territory. I now warn the enemies that there MUST be reprisal attacks if they attack us again.

(10) The man from Ohafia confirmed that when the Fulani herdsmen killed the first person, their Traditional Ruler appealed to the youths to keep calm without taking the laws into their hand as he tried to resolve the problem peacefully with the Fulani people. Unfortunately, the Fulani herdsmen killed another person. The youths boiled with anger to go for war and the Traditional Ruler calmed them down again but went to the Military Barracks in Ohafia and warned the Fulani Soldiers that if such a thing should happen again, then there would be serious reprisal attacks on the Fulani herdsmen. Oddly enough it happened again! The Ohafia youths moved into action and killed the Fulani herdsmen and carried their corpses to the Military Barracks and were ready for a showdown. From that day peace returned to the Community. The Fulani herdsmen now live in peace with their host community and if they want to graze their cattle, they would approach the owners of the bush and ask for permission.

(11) I know that our upbringing as Christians made most of us to become naïve. I have interpreted the scriptures where The Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to turn the other cheek if slapped on the right cheek. He simply meant that we should not be easily provoked but to give the enemy a second chance to think twice and repent. Now in our own case we have given the enemies more than enough chances to repent. They have slapped us on the right cheek and we turned the left cheek. They have slapped us again on the left cheek and there is no more cheek remaining to be turned. If they slap us on the face, Jesus Christ did not command us to turn our back. Slapping us on our face means that we must face the enemy. It is now fire for fire, blood for blood. The Holy Spirit spoke through the Apostle James that we should resist the devils and they would flee from us. The Boko Haram and Fulani terrorists and criminals are the devils we must resist now. No more tears and crying for the devils in Biafraland. We must defend ourselves and our territory by any means we know how.

(12) Now I want to talk about Biafraland as it is today and beyond 2023. I know that some lawyers may wonder why I describe the Eastern Region as Biafraland despite the loss of the Biafran Sovereignty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1970. I have argued this point in Court with the Nigerian lawyers and defeated them on the issue in the on-going case between Biafra and Nigeria.

(13) Firstly, I want to emphasise that we are Biafrans living in Nigeria. We are the remnants of Biafra that were not consumed in the war. What we lost after the war was our sovereignty and not our indigenous identity as a people. We are Nigerians by citizenship which was forced upon us but Biafrans by indigenous identity. Most importantly, we did not lose our ancestral homeland. We are still in possession of our land. This therefore engages the principles and rules of Land Law in ownership and possession of which I am an expert as an Estate Surveyor & Valuer and a Property Lawyer. Some lawyers think that it is better to describe the land as the land where the Biafrans dwell instead of describing it as Biafraland. It is my submission that the land where the Biafrans dwell must be called Biafraland within the Nigerian Sovereignty until we gain independence from Nigeria. Therefore, it is Biafraland in Nigeria. Any Nigerian lawyer who disagrees with me should put on his wig and gown and meet me in Court.

(14) In fact, the Land Use Act of 1978 which we have condemned as being obnoxious is actually in our favour in disguise as it vests all interests in land in the State Governor to hold as a trustee and not in the Federal Government. Therefore, by the Nigerian Land Law, the Federal Government of Nigeria has no land in any State and cannot acquire any land in any State unless granted by the State Government. Moreover, the State Governor cannot acquire the land from us unless for public purposes and must firstly revoke the right of occupancy and give us the right to oppose the notice of compulsory acquisition. The Federal Government must apply to the State Government for allocation of land for any Federal Project in the State.

(15) I have heard rumours that some State Governors in Biafraland have acquired or planned to acquire some lands from some communities to donate to the Fulani herdsmen for their cattle business. This is unlawful because the acquisition is not for public purposes as cattle business is a private business. Any land acquired wrongfully by a State Governor and given to the Federal Government or to the Fulani herdsmen can be revoked by a new Governor of the State. The Land does not belong to the Federal Government but vested in the Governor of the State to hold as a trustee. All the Governors of the States in the Eastern Region are Biafrans by indigenous identity and Nigerians by citizenship.

(16) With this understanding, we shall now look forward to 2023 and beyond. The question is as to what or how we want Biafraland to look like from now to 2023 and beyond. I have made it clear that we did not lose our territory but only our sovereignty. We are still occupying our Biafran homeland. Then, why is our homeland devastated and in shambles? Who has been ruling over our homeland since after the war?

(17) When I came into the Biafran Struggle, the first problem I encountered was the aversion of the Biafran activists to politics. They said that they were not Nigerians but Biafrans and would not participate in the Nigerian politics and census. All my preaching to make them understand the difference between citizenship or nationality and indigenous identities of the peoples living in the country fell into the deafness of fanatical and unbridled zeal without knowledge. In the end, the Biafran activists could not train and groom Biafran politicians to take over power in Biafraland and implement the Biafran Ideology. Even up to this day, the imposter who parades himself as the leader and founder of Indigenous People of Biafra has continued to discourage his members from participating in politics. He has become confused with his roadmap of insults and abuses on dignitaries and constituted authorities as he shows us the different shapes and photographs of the ears and nose and eyelids of Mr Jubril from Sudan occupying Aso Rock! In fact, most of his followers are now tired of hearing about Jubril and seeing various photographs of Jubril.

(18) There are basically two broad ways of achieving independence. It is either by military method or legal method. The military method calls for war and violence while the legal method calls for the use of judicial, political and diplomatic processes. In the present dispensation, the International Community has outlawed the use of violence to achieve self-determination. It is therefore necessary for the Biafrans to embrace our legal methodology. We have activated all the three processes of the legal methodology. We are in Court with Nigeria. We are in politics with Nigeria politicking in the interest of Biafraland. We have engaged with the members of the International Community and some World Powers in diplomatic discussions. We have filed the Biafran Memorandum in the Senate for devolution of power to the Regions. Our plan is to achieve Regional Autonomy before seeking for outright independence in future. It is the Regional Parliament that will pass the bill of referendum into law for the people to vote for independence in future.

(19) Concerning the year 2023, some people believe that there will be no Nigeria by that date. In fact, some overzealous Biafran activists have promised several times that Biafra Independence would come in 2015, 2018, and now 2020. The year is almost gone without seeing Biafra Republic but one day can make a difference. Some have planned to destroy and pull down the fraudulent Nigerian Constitution before 2023 so that Nigeria would collapse.

(20) These are possibilities that could lead to the disintegration of Nigeria. The crucial question is as to what would happen to the Biafrans and their territory should the predictions come true. Would there be anarchy in the land and the people scattered like sheep without a shepherd? Would the various Biafran groups become rival cults killing one another in a tussle for power as happening now in South Sudan? Who would gather the Biafrans together and under what governmental authority assuming that Nigeria disintegrates this night?

(21) The Northerners have got an alternative government structure created by their States Houses of Assembly known as the Sharia Government. The Sharia Law is recognised by the Nigerian Constitution just as the Customary Law is recognised. In case of emergency, the Sharia Government would become a transitional government for the Northerners as all the powers of the States would be transferred to the Sharia Government. Unfortunately, the Houses of Assembly in Biafraland have not passed the Customary Government bill into law to make it a State organ. For this reason, our Customary Government was activated by a legal instrument known as Deed Poll of Customary Governance under private law with its limitations just like a multilateral treaty. This is not enough because it is only the State Power that can control a society by the use of statute law. We therefore request our State Governments to pass the Customary Government bill into law and create our Customary Government by the Laws of the State. Customary Governance is the bedrock of the Igbo society from time immemorial.

(22) Nobody knows tomorrow. We are in our ancestral homeland and have no other habitation even if Nigeria disintegrates. The earlier we built it up and secured it the better for everyone. The question is not whether Nigeria will exist after 2023 or not but what Biafraland shall look like after 2023 whatever may happen to Nigeria. We have proffered the best solution to the Nigerian Government by the Memorandum we submitted to the Senate to restructure Nigeria to 6 autonomous Regional Governments according to the 6 geopolitical regions so that every Region will govern itself and develop at its own pace just like Britain has 4 autonomous Regional Governments called England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Laws of Scotland are different from the Laws of England and Wales. You cannot compel peoples with incompatible lifestyles to live together in a forced unity. In fact, unity by force is tantamount to slavery. If Britain could become the Great Britain with 4 nations in one, it is my submission that Nigeria can also become the Great Nigeria with 6 nations in one.

Thank you for listening to me. I think I should stop here and take your questions. If any person wants to know more about us, he can visit our websites at http://www.ipobgovernment.org and http://www.mobinbiafra.org and contact us by email addressed to info@ipobgovernment.org for more information.

Abia State Government to Strengthen Partnership with Army over Security

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has expressed government’s preparedness to partner the Nigeria Army in enhancing the security network of the State.

Dr Ikpeazu who stated this while receiving the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major General Lasisi Adegboye and his delegation at Government House, Umuahia, commended the military for not only assisting government in protecting lives and property in the State but also working in synergy with other security agencies to maintain peace.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, called on officers of the Nigeria Army to assist in reducing clashes between farmers and herders in the State to the barest minimum while government continues to engage traditional rulers, presidents general of various town unions and other stakeholders in the State on the need to maintain peace and not take the law into their hands even when the herders continue to wreak havoc on farmlands.

He used the visit to reaffirm government’s commitment to completing the projects situated at the 144 Battallion Barracks at Asa in collaboration with the Nigeria Army and implored them to also assist government in enforcing the wearing of face masks by citizens and adhering to all the required precautionary measures and protocols by NCDC and Government in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in his remarks, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, Major General, Lasisi Adegboye, stressed the need for government, the army and traditional rulers at the community levels to embark on more proactive approach to check the rising incident of land disputes and clashes between farmers and herders which had led to unnecessary deaths and destruction of properties.

Major General Adegboye appealed to the state government to assist the military complete the projects initiated at the 144 Battalion Barracks, Asa, as well as provide them with vehicles to ease their logistics challengess and promised to always collaborate with the state government in providing security.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of souvenirs to the Governor and his representative witnessed by Barr Chris Ezem (Secretary to the State Government), members of the State Executive Council, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor and other top government officials and security personnel.